A case of prosopagnosia with some preserved covert remembrance of familiar faces

Brain Cogn. 1983 Jul;2(3):257-84. doi: 10.1016/0278-2626(83)90014-3.


This paper presents the detailed analysis of a case of prosopagnosia in a 54-year-old male farmer following bioccipital vascular disease. In-depth clinical investigations confirmed the diagnosis of prosopagnosia and revealed the absence of any associated defect, except for a slight aspecific disturbance of the short-term memory. Further study of this case indicated that the trouble was not concerned with the class of complex visual stimuli, was not even concerned with facial expressions or unknown faces, was not a perceptual defect, but was related mainly to the operation of individualization. The memory hypothesis was thus retained and supported. Moreover, exploration of the difficulty indicated that the deficiency was limited to defective access to conscious information concerning faces and information associated with these faces (name, context, etc.), effectively stored in memory.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Agnosia / etiology*
  • Evoked Potentials, Visual
  • Facial Expression
  • Form Perception / physiology*
  • Functional Laterality / physiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Memory*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual
  • Visual Pathways / physiopathology